Poem by William Wordsworth (1770-1850)

I Wandered Lonely as a Cloud


I wandered lonely as a cloud

That floats on high o'er vales and hills,

When all at once I saw a crowd,

A host, of golden daffodils;

Beside the lake, beneath the trees,

Fluttering and dancing in the breeze. 


Continuous as the stars that shine

And twinkle on the milky way,

They stretched in never-ending line

Along the margin of a bay:

Ten thousand saw I at a glance,

Tossing their heads in sprightly dance. 


The waves beside them danced; but they

Out-did the sparkling waves in glee:

A poet could not but be gay,

In such a jocund company:

I gazed—and gazed—but little thought

What wealth the show to me had brought: 


For oft, when on my couch I lie

In vacant or in pensive mood,

They flash upon that inward eye

Which is the bliss of solitude;

And then my heart with pleasure fills,

And dances with the daffodils.  



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I was lucky enough to have poetry taught at school, I remember having to learn the first stanza of this one and reciting it to the class when I was 11, this is a nostalgic, welcome revisitation.

bibek adhikari The PoetBay support member heart!
This is a lovely poem about the beauty of nature and the human mind -- not to mention a timeless classics! Thanks for posting this one, Isabelle. :)

P.S. I'm mulling over the content for this Sat's post. I'll write to you soon.

jim The PoetBay support member heart!
I always liked this poem. I, too, bring out memories of perfect days (and write of them).